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"... The Afropolitan must forge an identity through at least three dimensions: national, racial and cultural – with subtle tensions between these components. While our parents can claim one country as their home, we must define our relationship with the places where we live". Inspired by the words of artist Taiye Selasie in a groundbreaking article, Afropolitan presents and celebrates this hybrid and transnational culture in which African artists and artists of African origin freely tell their stories and (re)present themselves.

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The platform combines art, reflection and experimentation and offers a wide audience of events designed by BOZAR programmers and/or external partners. The programme of the Afropolitan Forum and the Afropolitan Festival are two important building blocks of this. Far from the clichés of a static Africa, they invite you to discover the diversity and vibrancy of this creative scene - which is particularly lively in Belgium.   

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  • ARTISTIC AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES

    AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL

    The fourth edition of the multidisciplinary Afropolitan Festival was held from 28 February to 1 March 2020, and attracted over 5,000 people in a single weekend, which attests to a manifest and keen public interest in African and Afro-descendant contemporary artistic performances. A resounding success and a major undertaking, the festival has built up specific practices, as well as a reflection on the artistic and social challenges of such a cultural event.

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  • BOZAR celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Congo’s independence

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence. On this occasion, BOZAR presents a series of online artistic activities, created in cooperation with Congolese cultural artists and the country’s diaspora.

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  • BOZAR AT HOME

    THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF CONGO’S INDEPENDENCE SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THREE YOUNG CONGOLESE ARTISTS

    The Congolese art scene is buzzing with incredibly talented young visual artists, such as Pamela Tulizo, Freddy Mutombo and Fransix Tenda Lomba. In June 2020, all three will be in Brussels for professional projects.

     

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  • KEEP THE LUCID DREAM GOING

    Born of a two-week collaborative residence at See U (Ixelles), When I Finally Wake Up brings together five artists from different cultures and disciplines to the stage. Combining their talent and backgrounds, they bring to life an intense performance that portrays the connection between people who are mutually enriched by their differences. Watch the video of the performance at the Centre for Fine Arts Studio, and read the article to learn about Aline Yasmin’s vision as the project’s coordinator.

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